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Ann Arbor Review

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AAR history note:  in print 1967 - 1980.  Irregular publications 1980 - 2004.  As ezine 2004 - present. Most of 51 years all together....

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Hymn to Sweetwater

The face of your underlying darkness has a chiseled form

that tries to merge with the light breaking in my voice

like a ring I no longer remove

I awake with your hands calling my name

blueish-white curtains as if
submerged in seawater

define our touch


Hymn of the Guitarrón

The liquid evening
ignites the heart of the quetzal

brings me the entire night sky—

all the stars with their
emerald feathers & the
blood moon—

to graze
on your bronze darkness
roosting with your name
on my syllabic shoulders


Life is a blue Jaguar

Chakira writes that life in Nayarit is a blue Jaguar, a tanzanite blue, whose mystery is revealed by a solitary golden-cheeked bird that keeps hiding.

She said that she can’t depend on the Laughing Falcon to point the way to eternity and that I must visit soon or both of us would be lost.

So, I wrote back saying how much I admire her work as an Huichol artist and when Covid is done I’ll book a flight and we’ll search for the golden-cheeked one together. Apúrate!


Grita on Madero
and Aguacate

Humidity is a luna moth crawling down my neck.

If we only had one of those yellow street umbrellas hanging in the exhibit on Madero across from the pharmacy by the taco truck whose driver sped to the scene of a woman hit while crossing the street.

If only the monsoon would show up instead of drinking tequila for nights on end wallowing in uncertainty.

If only gas were cheaper again so we wouldn’t be walking with the sun racing in our veins.

If only the taxis had A/C.

If only I had worn crocks.

If only we had booked a water taxi and I hadn’t heard the woman dying on the cobblestones one shoe twisted under the wheel.


Silvia Scheibli, Rio Rico. Arizona


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